tis’ the season to make a list!


I am in list heaven!

My family loves Christmas.  Tis’ the season to shop till we drop.

Tis’ the season to give, give and give some more!

Tis’ the season to come together as a family and celebrate the season.

And so the list fun (madness) starts:

Mom starts early by sending an email to all family members requesting a list.  She wants to know what we want in our stockings.  She wants to have a list of ‘reasonable items’.  Sizes, colours, options.  Everything from big to small.  She wants a list of ‘big ticket items’.  We get to open the big ticket item at the end of the present opening mania.  She plots this item, plans carefully, gives false hints about the item.  On Christmas morning she quivers on the couch in her Christmas jammies in anticipation of the squeals of delight each of us invariably lets out when we rip open the bright paper and finally see the object of our desire.  Her and Keith (my stepfather) get big hugs and thank you’s and ‘I cannot believe you got me this’ statements … This is mom’s favourite moment of the day!  You can tell she thoroughly enjoys shopping for all of us.  We open all our gifts one at a time and enjoy each other’s smiles.  We are definitely spoiled rotten by the two of them, and each other.


Anyways, back to the list mania:

Each member of the family in turn sends mom our list.  Then each member emails each other separately with the lists.  Then we email each other again to tell each other what we have already bought off of the others’ lists.  Then we email each other to talk of budgets and keeping things under control this year…

We then email each other to let each other in on what we plan on buying for the others.

Then I take all the lists, combine them, cross reference them and come up with a new list to go shopping with.  My sister puts hers in a spreadsheet because she is a bean counter and that is how she rolls.  Accountants, sheesh!

After the shopping we email each other again and say what we already bought so nothing gets duplicated or left off any of the lists.  Phew!  There are onslaughts of cellphone calls from loud malls saying ‘guess what I just found’, ‘do you think he will like this’, ‘I cant find her anything’, and screams of ‘help!’….

My mom will be making piles with her presents because it all has to be even.  There will be a room in her and Keith’s house that will be off-limits because I was a horrible snoop as a teenager.  The piles will cause mom ‘present stress’ because invariably someone’s pile will be bigger than someone else’s and she will go back to the mall to have a ‘little looksey’ to maybe even it up a bit.  She will probably spend more money.  She will bring her goodies home, add them to the piles and re-evaluate.  Oh oh, she will then have spent more on someone and may have to go to the mall again … it is a vicious circle!  Poor mom.  We are all so spoiled!

All in all, this is fun.  It is done with love, for love and the day is fabulous.

My stepfather Keith always starts the cleanup on the big day.  There is usually paper covering my mom’s entire living room.  Each year we all spend time going through the bags of paper looking for something that got thrown out.

And of course there will be ‘Fred’ the turkey, and Keith’s bashneeps!  Yum.

Lots of love in our family.  We are a lucky bunch!





  1. jlb said,

    November 28, 2007 at 1:22 am

    lol…that’s awesome…sounds like a wonderful family day!

  2. prin said,

    November 28, 2007 at 1:26 am

    That sounds so awesome. (Sorry, jlb, but there’s no other word for it. lol)

    Yey for super family Christmases. 🙂

  3. bighair said,

    November 28, 2007 at 3:18 am

    sounds like fun
    i emailed u about my last year
    it was funny
    one day i will tell them.

  4. NerdGirl said,

    November 28, 2007 at 3:44 am

    jlb: It is!

    Prin: Yey!

    BigHair: This year will be different for you! =)

  5. Valley Girl said,

    November 28, 2007 at 4:08 am

    Tradition is wonderful–its the one thing you can count on. Can you guys adopt me?

  6. alan said,

    November 28, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Now I know why you are so delightful!


  7. sizzlesays said,

    November 28, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    as a list maker, i can understand the beauty in this. and yet, i am overwhelmed by your listing abilities! impressive!

    the holidays are such a fun time and yes, so much love. that’s so great.

    you know what is even better? hearing you sounds so excited and happy. that’s awesome!

  8. November 28, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Ye Gods and Little Fishes, I’m exhausted just reading about all that activity!

    btw- if you’re family adopts Valley Girl and needs a male to make it equal and everything, I’m free…

  9. katelin said,

    November 28, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Aw that sounds so fun and somewhat similar to the happenings in my house. So many presents and cross checking and more cross checking lists, gotta love it.

  10. b said,

    November 28, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    I think I want to be adopted by your mom.

  11. NerdGirl said,

    November 29, 2007 at 3:12 am

    Valley Girl: Of course! What’s one more daughter… she’d like you at least you know your labels… you and her could bond over shopping trips!

    Alan: Always so sweet!

    Sizzle: Feels good to me too! Being happy, le sigh!

    Colonel: You are on! You can keep me company while my mom and Valley Girl are out shopping!

    Katelin: Isnt family and Christmas the BEST!

    B: You and everyone else!! =)

  12. megan *daughter* said,

    December 1, 2007 at 12:13 am

    *sigh* i love our family, this post made me sooo much more excited for christmas:)

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